9/11 first responder

A mass of Christian burial was offered March 6 at St. Francis Church, Hoboken, for Joseph F. Taglieri, 53. He passed away peacefully on March 2 surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Joseph was preceded in death by his  parents, Frank and Loretta “Chicky” and “Babs” Taglieri. Joseph is survived by his sister, Laura (Taglieri) and Sam Fasciano and brother, David and Jennifer (Walsh) Taglieri; and his nieces and nephews Michelle, Matthew and Bianca (Gallipani) and Amanda Fasciano, and Tyler and Tiffany Taglieri. He comes from an extended circle of family and friends. Joe spent his early childhood in Manahawkin, Hoboken, and later resided in Secaucus, where he graduated from Secaucus H.S. in 1985. His first job was in construction before finding his true calling as a police officer with the Hoboken Police Department. He served as a motorcycle officer and member of the S.W.A.T. team. Joe had a real passion for law enforcement and was a true patriot. He later received citations during his career for multiple burglary arrests. He was a first responder to the World Trade Center following the September 11th attack on search and rescue to save lives, an event that would later take his own. Joseph was later injured in the line of duty, retiring in 2006, and lived by the mantra, “Living the Dream”. Joseph relocated to Ocean County to enjoy life on the water, his boat, “Freedom”, and an active social life on the Barnegat Bay. His favorite pastimes were spent on the water with his family and a large group of ‘pirate’ friends. He was a licensed boat captain, avid fisherman, and outdoorsman. He looked forward to the annual family hunting trip with his many cousins. He made friends everywhere he traveled. Joe was a mentor who touched and shaped so many lives. He was known by many monikers – some knew him as Joe Tag, Tags, Tigger, “Ultimate Joe” and – from his Barnegat Bay friends – Jack Daniels’ Joe. Joseph’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the Hackensack University Medical Center, John Theurer Cancer Center and Bone Marrow Transplant Center teams for their clinical research and attentive care. Joseph fought the fight from the first day of his diagnosis, New Year’s Day 2019, and willingly participated in clinical trials to access care and advance cancer research. He was a warrior to the very end. Services arranged by the Jaqui-Kuhn Funeral Home, Highland Park.